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Electronic Monitoring Becomes More Widespread, but Problems Persist by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna, Christopher Zoukis The use of wearable electronic tracking devices for defendants and people on community supervision has risen sharply over the past decade. Cash-strapped municipalities like the reduced cost, which is much lower than a prison ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Use of Electronic Monitoring Skyrockets by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis A study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, released on September 7, 2016, revealed that the number of accused and convicted offenders required to wear some kind of electronic monitoring device has increased nearly 140 percent in the last decade. ...
Article • January 12, 2017
Chain Gang 2.0: If You Can’t Afford This GPS Ankle Bracelet, You Get Thrown In Jail by Eric Markowitz by Eric Markowitz, International Business Times On a recent broiling August day, Antonio Green, an out-of-work construction worker, sat in his living room, a folder full of receipts open across his legs. ...
Publication • December 30, 2016
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New Orleans Sheriff Ends Oversight of Electronic Monitoring Program by David Reutter The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office’s (OPSO) administration of New Orleans’ Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) was an almost “total failure,” according to the city’s Inspector General, Ed Quatrevaux, who found deficiencies in the program compromised public safety and wasted ...
Article • September 21, 2016
Private Contractor Makes Millions Off GPS Trackers for Immigrants by By Eileen Townsend, Memphis Flyer Nearly 200 undocumented Memphians wear GPS tracking bracelets as a part of a controversial immigration program. Sofia Gonzales* had just gotten off a long shift at her weekend job when we met for coffee on a ...
Article • August 19, 2016
New Jersey May Retroactively Impose GPS Monitoring on Sex Offender Sentenced to Community Supervision for Life by On January 19, 2016, a New Jersey court of appeals held that it was not a violation of the New Jersey or federal ex post facto clauses to retroactively impose GPS monitoring for ...
United Kingdom: Queen Elizabeth Unveils Judicial and Prison Reform Shakeup by On May 18, 2016, Queen Elizabeth announced a plan – touted as the “biggest shakeup” in criminal justice reform since Victorian times – that will provide more self-governance to UK prisons and allow prisoners greater access to technology. The ...
Publication • July 12, 2016
Electronic Monitoring Is Not the Answer - Critical reflections on a flawed alternative, Kilgore, 2015 JAMES KILGORE 0 Electronic Monitoring Is Not the Answer Critical reflections on a flawed alternative James Kilgore October 2015 Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center A part of the Media Action Grassroots Network (MAG-Net) JAMES KILGORE 1 ...
Article • March 31, 2016
New Jersey’s SOMA Violates Ex Post Facto Prohibitions by Mark Wilson The New Jersey Supreme Court held that the retroactive application of the 2007 Sex Offender Monitoring Act (SOMA) violates state and federal ex post facto prohibitions. In 1986, George Riley was convicted of sex offenses against a child and ...
Article • September 25, 2015 • from PLN October, 2015
10th Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Halfway House Escape Charge by Derek Gilna 10th Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Halfway House Escape Charge by Derek Gilna A federal prisoner without any detainers (“holds” placed by other law enforcement agencies) can generally count on a period of community confinement at the end of ...
Article • August 28, 2015 • from PLN September, 2015
Corporations You’ve Never Heard of are Making Millions from Mass Incarceration by James Kilgore By James Kilgore, Truthout Likely the most well-known prison profiteers in the United States are the Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group. Between them, these two firms pulled in about $3.3 billion last year running ...
Article • September 20, 2014 • from PLN September, 2014
Some GPS Monitoring Devices Capable of Audio Recording by Christopher Zoukis Some GPS Monitoring Devices Capable of Audio Recording by Christopher Zoukis Civil libertarians and prisoner advocacy groups have expressed shock and outrage at the discovery that some Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices, used to monitor the movement and ...
Article • April 15, 2014 • from PLN April, 2014
GPS Monitoring System in Los Angeles Plagued by False Alerts, Ignored Alarms by Christopher Zoukis Los Angeles County’s GPS monitoring system, designed to keep track of high-risk probationers, has overwhelmed probation officers with thousands of false alerts each day – so many that some officers simply ignore them. As a ...
Article • December 15, 1999 • from PLN December, 1999
Satellite Tracks Parolees by Willie Wisely by W. Wisely Defense Department satellites designed to help guide nuclear missiles hang in geosynchronous orbit 12,500 miles above. The network of 24 military satellites hasn't been used much raining thermonuclear destruction on godless communists since the end of the Cold War. So, the ...
Article • November 15, 1997 • from PLN November, 1997
Electronic Guards of the Future? by B.S. The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) is conducting a pilot program at the Cook Unit. If they like the results, ADC will implement the program state-wide. I am sure you are familiar with these electronic ankle bracelets that people on home arrest are ...
Fourth Amendment Forbids Taping of Jail Confession to Clergy by The court of appeals for the ninth circuit held that state prosecutors, judges and jail officials violated the fourth amendment and the now defunct Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000bb, by secretly taping the confession a jail ...